This is my Grandpa Jeffrey.
I took this picture the day of my Grandma's funeral back in October. We had all spent most of the day crying, and he was wiped out. I sensed how alone he felt, even in a room full of family.
Since then, he's done remarkably well in adjusting to life on his own. He's back to delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors who can't get out on their own, and attending OSU games, and driving all over Oregon to visit family members. He still misses my Grandma terribly - we all do - but he's doing his crossword puzzles and planning a fence to keep the deer out of his yard.
See that checkbook peeking out of his shirt pocket? For as long as I've known him, my entire life, he has always carried a checkbook there. He spent the early years of his life in the tiny town of Sweetwater, Texas, picking watermelons and dreaming of bigger things. His mother wore a bonnet and smoked a corncob pipe. To this day, he speaks with a gentle twang and says "y'all."
Last time I saw him was in April, and he asked if I had filed my taxes yet.
"Of course," I replied. "I used TurboTax this year."
"Me too!" he exclaimed. "Isn't it great?"
He sent me a Facebook invitation a few weeks ago. My Grandpa - on Facebook.
I want to be just like him when I'm 84.
People become more precious when you remember that we only have a limited amount of time with each person in our lives.
Here's to savoring the moments we have with the ones we love.
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Inspiration On the Interwebs
+ I've known about Superhero jewelry forever, but I only stumbled across Andrea's blog a couple of weeks ago. Every entry is soulful and rich, and I always leave feeling expanded.
+ This just might be worth a trip to Pennsylvania: the granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth gives personal tours of his work! It's on my Places I Want to Go list. Dang, that list is getting long.
+ Also on the list? A trip to Marrakech to visit Maryam and her gorgeous Peacock Pavilions. Look at those ceilings! *Gasp*
It's the weekend.
LIVE YOUR DREAM.